Messenger Sports Briefs for February 8

Messenger Sports Briefs for February 8

OC gals up to 3rd
in latest prep poll

To the victor goes the spoils.
By virtue of its 54-45 victory over Liberty on Saturday, Obion Central and the Crusaders flip-flopped in the latest Associated Press Class 2A girls’ state basketball rankings released on Monday.
The Lady Rebels (26-3), winners of 10 straight, are now third after being rated fourth last week. Liberty (22-2), No. 3 in the previous poll, is now fourth.
Dyersburg, OC’s closest rival in the District 13AA standings, also moved up one spot to No. 5.
Central plays at D’burg Friday in the regular season final for both teams. The two have split two earlier meetings this season.
Elsewhere, the Lake County girls earned the first No. 1 ranking in the program’s history in Class 1A, replacing Wayne County.
A complete listing of this week’s rankings are listed in today’s sports section.
SF girls, UCMS guys
to play this evening

Play is set to begin early today at the TMSAA West Sectional in an attempt to keep the tournament’s schedule on time.
South Fulton Middle School girls’ head coach Curt Lee told that his team was to take on Cypress as 3 this afternoon in a quarterfinal game that was postponed on Monday afternoon.
The Union City Middle School boys are also slated to play today at Memphis Bellevue against Lanier in a quarterfinal matchup at 6.

Murray St. rallies
to beat E. Illinois

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — B.J. Jenkins scored 21 points and Murray State rallied with a late 18-0 run to defeat Eastern Illinois 66-53 Monday night.
Isaiah Canaan added 16 points and Isacc Miles had 11 for the Racers (18-6, 10-3 Ohio Valley), who have won six straight since losing to the Panthers Jan. 20.
Zavier Sanders scored 18 points to lead Eastern Illinois (8-15, 4-9), which has dropped five in a row since its last meeting with Murray State. Jeremy Granger had 16 points.
The conference-leading Racers trailed 49-46 after Sanders’ layup with 7:28 to play but then held the Panthers scoreless over the next 6:49 as they put together their decisive run.
Murray State shot only 42.2 percent compared to 56.4 percent for Eastern Illinois but hit 12 3-pointers and 16 free throws while the Panthers made three 3s and six free throws.

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